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Maxi Flora Dress

2 June, 2015
Maxi Flora Dress
I’m coming back today after such a long absence on the blog with a beautiful dress I made last week. At least, you didn’t wait 2 month for a plain tank top 😉

 

maxi-flora-dress-sewing-pattern-1Last Saturday, I was attending my cousin’s wedding in France and I needed a dress. I could have reused the pink Cami from last year but as next Saturday I’ll also attend another wedding where the guests already saw the Cami, well… you understand! I HAD to make a new dress for these two weddings.
maxi-flora-dress-sewing-pattern-2maxi-flora-dress-sewing-pattern-3I bought the beautiful Flora dress pattern by By Hand London and I hope I’ll have time to try the faux wrap bodice as well. The PDF is really easy to put together (they didn’t have the printed version available, I was too late to grab it before it went out of stock) and the instructions clear to understand. Sizing is good, the only problem I had was entirely my fault: I was afraid it would be too tight if I were to choose the size 8 as according to my measurements (the finished measurements were very close) so I cut size 10. Of course, it was too big and I had to take the bodice in at side seams, easily done. So next time, I’ll be a good girl and follow the chart!
maxi-flora-dress-sewing-pattern-4As both weddings were/are during the evening, I wanted to make a full-length version. I just lengthened the skirt following the side seams lines. Luckily, I had a beautiful fabric in my stash for some years now and lots of it. Placing the pattern pieces crosswise on the fabric, I was able to draw the skirt pieces adding about 50 cm to the bottom. At the end, I think I needed at least 3 meters of fabric in 150 cm wide (I had 4 m and still have left enough for a small project).
maxi-flora-dress-sewing-pattern-5The shape of the skirt with the pleats is divine, it gives volume and looks really elegant. I chose the low/high hemline, something I don’t usually like, but here I find the difference is very subtile and adds originality and modernity to the dress. As for the bodice, I chose the high square neckline and just took about 5 cm off at the back: the fit is great. I didn’t change anything except for the length.
maxi-flora-dress-sewing-pattern-6I’m sooo looking forward to wear my Flora dress next Saturday!

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39 comments

sewmanju 2 June, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Wow this is stunning, and I love your whole look: makeup and jewellery too.

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:00 am

Thanks Manju! I think I'll repeat the whole look next Saturday, I really like it.

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clippedcurves 2 June, 2015 - 5:54 pm

So, so gorgeous. The fabric really makes it!

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:01 am

Thanks! I'm so glad I kept this fabric for the perfect project as this was it!

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Hélène 2 June, 2015 - 7:26 pm

La robe parfaite pour un mariage estival. Le tissu est fabuleux. Je suis tentée par ce modèle : est-ce que le Pdf comporte beaucoup de pages?

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:03 am

Merci Hélène! Le patron PDF est divisé en deux dossiers: le premier avec le corsage (les 2 variantes) et le second avec la jupe. De mémoire, celui du corsage comporte une dizaine de pages et celui de la jupe une vingtaine.

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Nanna 2 June, 2015 - 7:35 pm

wow that is a beautiful dress!

Helen

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:08 am

Thank you Helen!

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TheTellTaleTasha 2 June, 2015 - 8:37 pm

Absolutely beautiful!

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:08 am

Thanks Tasha!

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Thewallinna 2 June, 2015 - 9:14 pm

Oh my goodness! Look at you! You look stunning in this dress! Well, maxi dresses are your thing 🙂

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:05 am

Thanks Inna! What can I say, I love a good drama dress 😉

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Bellbird 2 June, 2015 - 9:41 pm

You look beautiful in this dress and the fabric is just perfect! So elegant. I love the neckline.

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:06 am

Thanks! I chose this pattern because of the high neckline (and the gorgeous skirt!).

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Merche Martinez 2 June, 2015 - 10:28 pm

Me encanta, Pauline! Decir que estás guapa y elegantísima se queda corto. Muchos besos

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:09 am

¡Muchísimas gracias guapa!

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Kathy M 3 June, 2015 - 12:19 am

It's gorgeous. You have such great style.

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:13 am

Thanks Kathy!

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Özgüsel Hünerler 3 June, 2015 - 5:25 am

perfect….:))

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:14 am

Thanks!

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Alicia 3 June, 2015 - 7:41 am

qué preciosidad de vestido! Los bajos asimétricos en vestidos más cortos no me apasionan, pero en vestidos largos como este me parecen un acierto para poder lucir un zapato bonito 🙂 Besos!

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:13 am

Gracias Alicia! Estoy totalmente de acuerdo contigo: los bajos asimétricos me gustan más en vestidos largos. Un besito…

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Threadie 3 June, 2015 - 7:58 am

Ta maxi Flora te va à ravir ! J'adore !

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Pauline Alice 3 June, 2015 - 8:13 am

Merci beaucoup!

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Charlie 3 June, 2015 - 2:03 pm

It's absolutely gorgeous! I'm digging the fabric! For some reason I'm not a big fan of the original Flora dress skirt, but seeing the maxi version I want to sew this now!

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Pauline Alice 8 June, 2015 - 8:19 am

Thanks Charlie! I want to try the original length version now…

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Dori 3 June, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Beautiful and so elegant! Made up in white, ivory or blush, wouldn't that make a divine wedding dress???

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Pauline Alice 8 June, 2015 - 8:20 am

I thought so too Dori! It would be gorgeous as a bridal dress.

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unlabelled clothes 3 June, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Beautiful dress. Very dramatic and striking. Have you seen this Carolina Herrera dress : –
http://vogue.tumblr.com/post/120627464804/because-i-cannot-imagine-a-resort-collection

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Pauline Alice 8 June, 2015 - 8:22 am

Oh my… I didn't know the dress but it looks so similar! Wow, I made a Carolina Herrera dress without knowing it (and for about 1% of the original retail price I guess).

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Tachalili 5 June, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Quelle classe!

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Pauline Alice 8 June, 2015 - 8:22 am

Merci!!!

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oona balloona 7 June, 2015 - 1:43 pm

i've been drooling over this for DAYS. woman, you are a true romance novel. i tried my best to copy you yesterday but didn't have enough fabric!

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Pauline Alice 8 June, 2015 - 8:24 am

Please do copy me Oona, you would make me so damn proud! You would look divine with this skirt length (but you sure need plenty of fabric – buy it by the roll!!!)

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Anonymous 19 July, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Fabulous, really flattering.

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Elizabeth J. Neal 1 October, 2015 - 6:49 am

I'm coming back today after such a long absence on the blog with a beautiful dress I made last week. At least, you didn't wait 2 month for a plain tank top 😉 read full reviews

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dominika 3 May, 2016 - 2:37 pm

je découvre votre blog et suis bouche bée. La robe est à couper le souffle!

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Lily Nwa2coco 14 May, 2016 - 1:05 pm

Bonjour Pauline, j'ai enfin trouvé LA robe pour le mariage de mon frère cet été. J'avais envie de quelque chose de ce style, long, classe. La couleur imposée est blanc. J'imagine très bien une broderie anglaise ou quelque chose de style. Sauf, si tes prochains patrons me permettent autre chose. En tous les cas, merci pour le partage et l'idée qui en découle.
A bientôt,
A Pascale

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Lily Nwa2coco 14 May, 2016 - 1:09 pm

Et tu la portes divinement bien !
A Pascale

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